London, South Kensington
15 December 2011
Edward Wadsworth, A.R.A. (1889-1949)
A Ship's Chandlers
signed 'Edward Wadsworth' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour
19 x 13½ in. (48.3 x 34.3 cm.)
Executed circa 1925.
Purchased directly from the artist by the present owner's father and by descent.
with Osborne Samuel, London.
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London, Osborne Samuel Gallery, Edward Wadsworth 1889-1949: The Rhythm of Things: Paintings and Drawings, September - October 2006, catalogue not traced.
The present work was executed in circa 1925 in Marseilles or Toulon. Wadsworth was one of the first British artists to discover the Cote D'Azur to the east of these two major ports. As ever he was not so much fascinated by the sea as by the objects associated with seafaring and objects used more on sailing ships rather than steamers. From 1923 onwards sailing ships appear repeatedly in his compositions.
We are grateful to Jonathan Black for his assistance in cataloguing the present lot.
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